A dubious fundraising appeal for an animal rescue group in Eastern Washington has been removed from the fundraising site youcaring.org. I haven’t been able to determine if youcaring.com or Lost Pet Found Pets, the group that posted the appeal, took down the post.
Last Tuesday I reported that a number of questions surrounded a $10,000 fundraising appeal for the Shepherd’s Way Animal Rescue in Springdale, WA. The group claimed it set up a “sanctuary for Wildfire victims in the cities surrounding them” and has opened its property to “dozens of displaced families with a tent city on their 500 acres.”
Allen Aenk, one of the rescue’s co-founders, claimed the rescue was “the official command center for volunteer fire fighters. We need prayer and finances for food to feed the 150 firefighters that will be here by Monday.”
But these claims weren’t exactly true. The rescue’s property is 20 acres, not 500 acres, there wasn’t a “tent city” on the property, and there was no “official command center” on the property either. The appeal contained a few other exaggerated claims as well.
Yesterday, KXLY in Spokane ran a story that confirming what I wrote about the fundraising appeal the day before.
And this morning, Mike Bucy, the Chief for Stevens County Fire District 1, wrote this in the comment section of last Tuesday’s story. (I added the italics and bold text):